The Cobb County School District today honored 214 employees who are retiring during the 2017-2018 school year. The annual luncheon provided a backdrop to celebrate the employees for their contributions to the District.
Superintendent Chris Ragsdale praised the retirees and acknowledged their contribution to the District. “The impact you have made over your careers goes beyond the work you have accomplished in your role teaching students or in your role supporting students. Cobb County has grown into one of the best places in the country to live, work, and play. Your impact will be felt for generations to come.”
The group amassed a total of 4,719 combined years of experience during their careers with the District. With all of the retirees standing, Deputy Superintendent John Adams asked groups to be seated as he recognized milestones of service for 10, 20, 25 and 30 or more years before getting to the pinnacle. In the end, eight retirees remained standing with more than 35 years apiece.
Joan Jackson, a teacher at Dodgen Middle School, retires with 40 years of service. Alice Stouder, Deputy Superintendent; Margaret Eley, a paraprofessional at Fair Oaks Elementary School; Lisa Berger, a teacher at Argyle Elementary School; and Jacqueline Verner, a school counselor at Norton Park Elementary School, each retire with 38 years of service to the District. Terry Bennett, a bus driver, retires with 36 years of service.
Thomas Matthews, a teacher at East Side Elementary School, retires after 44 years with the District. “It is an exciting end to a great career of 44 years. I’ve really enjoyed working in Cobb County.”
Retiring with the most years of service, fleet mechanic Ronald West spent 48 years maintaining the District’s fleet of buses to provide safe transportation to the students of the District. “Today means a lot being able to accomplish and be able to reach this goal. It has been a long time. I’m just happy to be here. I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years.”
Deputy Superintendent John Adams spoke highly of West, “Ronald West serving this Cobb County community for 48 years as a bus mechanic is amazing. He’s an example of the tremendous dedication all of our employees have for our students.”
All retirees were individually recognized on stage, receiving a plaque from Superintendent Ragsdale and shaking hands with the Board of Education members who shared their heartfelt thanks to the employees.
Board Chair Brad Wheeler highlighted the special nature of this event, “We owe all of our retirees a debt of gratitude for the selfless service they have provided to our District. Every individual is a valuable member of our team and these retirees will be missed.”